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EACEA National Policies Platform


9. Youth and the World

9.5 Green volunteering, production and consumption

Last update: 22 January 2021

LAST MODIFIED ON: 11/11/2020 - 20:20

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  2. Green production and consumption

Green volunteering


A number of top-level programmes and projects foster young people's participation in environmentally friendly or nature friendly initiatives. These are overseen by non-ministerial departments and agencies and other public bodies, as follows:

  • The #iwill4nature campaign launched in 2019 as part of the UK’s Year of Green Action. It is an initiative to bring young people (10-20 year olds) into the heart of environmental action through environmental volunteering such as litter-picking, maintaining green spaces or campaigning for the zero-plastic agenda.
  • The Forestry Commission England runs a Community Youth Programme for those aged 14-18, which allows participants to shape future activities for young people and learn new skills related to practical conservation. Another programme called Can You Cut it?, aimed at 13-26 year-olds, gets young people to be actively involved in managing woodland, teaching them conservation and creative arts skills.
  • The Broads Authority manages the national Broads park and has an education strategy which outlines two programmes aimed at children and young people: a formal programme for school-aged children and wider activities aimed at children and young people and the wider community. Engagement projects, an awards programme for schools and work experience placements for 15-18 year olds are all available as part of this strategy.
  • The Horniman Museum and Gardens launched the Horniman Youth Panel in 2010, which offers young people aged 14-19 the chance to organise events and be involved in shaping what happens at the museum and its gardens.
  • The Lake District National Park Young Rangers programme is aimed at 14- to 19- year-olds who wish to learn practical conservation skills and understand what work as a Lake District Ranger entails.
  • Northumberland National Park has a number of youth volunteering opportunities for individuals aged 16-25 including working with the Ranger Team and observing and tracking wildlife, through to working towards a nationally recognised award in conservation and the environment.
  • The Yorkshire Dales National Park runs a Young Rangers programme aimed at 11- to 16-year-olds who meet once a month to take part in practical work projects, such as building dry-stone walls and path building.
  • The Canal and River Trust provides a number of youth engagement projects, such as encouraging university students (aged 18+) to complete research projects on sustainability of all kinds and offering courses for young people (aged 16-18) from disadvantaged backgrounds on the built environment.

Green production and consumption

Bikeability is a cycle training programme funded by the Department for Transport which encourages individuals to get some exercise and reduce the reliance on less sustainable forms of transport. It is primarily aimed at school children in years 5-7 (ages 9 to 12) and provides individuals with training, divided into three levels of difficulty, about the benefits of cycling and how to ride in different traffic situations. Most training delivered to school children is free, or provided at a minimal cost; training delivered outside of school is charged for.